Acquaintances: The Space Between Intimates and Strangers by David Morgan

By David Morgan

The excellence among pals and pals is frequently made in daily dialog however the value of this contrast is under-explored. Acquaintanceship might be understood as a sort of data of different people who lies someplace among intimates and strangers. This e-book argues that acquaintanceship is a subject invaluable of research in its personal correct and assesses the general value of associates in overdue glossy society. This attention-grabbing booklet examines the subject via: Exploring attainable definitions of acquaintanceship analyzing the most important positive factors of acquaintanceship contemplating its nature and value in quite a few settings Analysing diverse sorts of acquaintanceship - together with these in offices, neighbourhoods and among execs and their consumers - it additionally explores passing friends and more recent sorts of ties similar to these shaped over the net, with celebrities or perhaps fictional characters. Soundly dependent in sociological thought, the ebook assesses the level to which friends delivers a feeling of place and safeguard in smooth lifestyles and the ways that they could offer us with insights, frequently fleeting, into worlds except our personal. Written by means of one of many prime gurus within the box, this publication is vital interpreting for sociology scholars, teachers and researchers, specifically these drawn to sociological thought, social interplay, the sociology of daily life and the sociology of intimacy.

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A desire not to be in the other’s pocket, therefore, may also mean that whatever practices may take place between neighbours, the lending or borrowing of money is not one of them. Or, more simply, there are limits to the kinds of claims that we may make of our neighbours and they of us. Acquaintances in space: neighbours 27 Neighbourhoods I have already suggested that there are differences and complex relationships between neighbours, neighbouring and neighbourhood. While one’s neighbours are located within a neighbourhood, the idea of neighbourhood is more than the sum total of neighbours.

It is a process of trial and error’ (Haugen and Holtedahl 1982: 4) This process of trial and error refers to a teasing out of the informal norms and expectations of those who live next door or close by. These may be more general norms as to what is expected in this particular neighbourhood but more important are the particular expectations and interests of the individual neighbours themselves. This process is described in some detail in Gans’s study of Levittown, a newly built neighbourhood where, to a large extent, everyone was a newcomer.

Our concern here is less with the processes by which neighbourhoods are constructed or by which one acquires neighbours, good or bad, but with the wider significance of neighbours within the general framework of acquaintanceship. It is clear that the experience of neighbours may cover a considerable range in terms of a variety of dimensions. These dimensions may include visibility, frequency of contact and interaction and, more generally, neighbouring careers taking into account the length of time involved and the processes within the overall experience of being neighbours.

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